Everyone wants to be happy, and I’m sure you’re no different. The question is, are you? As a Health Coach, my experience has been that a lot of unhappiness is related to how you feel about yourself, physically. Are you in poor shape? Do you wish you had more energy? Do you wish you could change at least one thing about your body? You’re not alone. The number one New Year’s Resolution year after year, is to lose weight/get in shape. Do you fall in that category, year after year?
The first step in being happy about your body, and in life, is to forgive yourself. Forgive yourself for all of the failed attempts at losing weight. Forgive yourself for being in the shape you’re currently in. Most of all, forgive yourself, simply because IT SUCKS not to!
Criticizing yourself, beating yourself up, feeling sorry for yourself, and being disappointed in your own behavior, or lack thereof, is unproductive in every way. I once trained an overweight teenager, bound for college, on the hit MTV show “I Used To Be Fat”. She was in a vicious cycle of beating herself up. She hadn’t weighed under 200 pounds since grade school. She didn’t think she was beautiful. She hated her body. She bottled up her feelings. Lastly, she harbored feelings based on what other people had said to her and she started to believe it.
While it may be easy for me to say stop beating yourself up, it could be even harder to do without actual steps. I’ve listed a few simple things to do TODAY that have worked for my past clients and that could work for you too.
1. Hold yourself accountable. Look within. If you’ve let yourself down and wished the reflection in the mirror were different, do something about it, NOW. I mean, right now.
✓ Stand up straight. Learn your other ABC’s. Abs in, Butt back slightly, Chest up and Shoulders down. You can totally do that right now. Practice in the mirror.
✓ Start walking for 30 mins to an hour 3 days of the week. Get moving!
✓ Gradually, after 2 weeks or so of consistently walking, incorporate body weight strength exercises.
✓ Swap one unhealthy thing from your diet every other week and replace it with a healthy one.
2. Seek help from a trained professional. Having another pair of eyes/ears can often times lead to the success you seek. This could be a Health Coach, counselor, personal trainer, or a psychologist.
3. Accept your current physical state. The sooner you can do this, the more open and willing you will be to move forward and make the necessary changes for the body you desire.
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